Key lawmakers of both parties predict the Legislature this year will approve a measure that will eventually increase Iowa's gasoline tax.
Many legislators support a proposal that seeks about $50 million in savings from the Department of Transportation in the fiscal year beginning July 1, followed by a 4 cent increase in the gas tax in each of the following two years.
Oskaloosa Democratic Sen. Tom Reilly says Gov. Terry Branstad opened the door to the discussion when he suggested he would be willing to consider a future gas tax increase.
Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht confirmed the governor was willing to consider raising the gas tax in the future.
Iowa last raised its gas tax in 1989.